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Safety Measures for the Home​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2019 09:30

With the levels of crime perpetually on the increase, one of people’s primary concerns is that of safety and security. Hence, in the previous article, certain du‘aas for safety and security were mentioned. In this article, we will insha-Allah elaborate on a few practical safety tips.

1. Let’s begin with the obvious – invest in decent locks and ensure that all entrances are kept locked when not in use. The same applies to windows and other points of entry. Double check that all the doors and windows are closed/locked before sleeping. Often, because a person lives in a complex or a flat, the presence of neighbours make him feel a false sense of security. We should remember that in such a situation, because of the number of people coming and going, it can be even easier for a thief to enter and exit without drawing attention to himself.

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Safe and Secure​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2019 15:29

In an age of crime and danger, where hijackings, burglaries, hold-ups, murders, rapes and kidnappings are rife, people are understandably worried about their safety and security.

Effective safety and security can be acquired through making du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to protect us and reciting the various du‘aas of protection mentioned in the ahaadeeth, together with adopting the means of protection such as burglar bars, security gates, alarm systems, armed response, etc.

Hereunder, we will elaborate on the aspect of making du‘aa for safety and security, while a separate article on physical, practical safety tips will insha-Allah follow at a later stage.

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​Hygiene in the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:04

Imagine arriving at someone’s home and finding the following:

Old, torn bin-bags lie strewn across the yard with their contents littering the lawn. As you enter, you see that the floor is grimy, with suspicious stains dotting it at irregular intervals. The walls are splattered with a slimy liquid, and rat droppings line the skirting.

Would you like to live in such a home? Obviously not! The home is so filthy that it’s probably unfit for human habitation!

Although the house described above is fictional, the reality is that many people are careless and negligent regarding hygiene and cleanliness in the home. Some people don’t flush the toilet after relieving themselves... Some don’t place their dirty dishes and utensils into the sink, but leave them out the entire night to collect cockroaches... Some leave their dirty clothing piled on the floor and casually forget about it... Some spill their beverage or drop food onto the floor and don’t bother to clean it...

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Water-Wise

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:48

Did you know:

- Globally, the average water consumption is 173 liters per person daily?

- In South Africa, the average water consumption is 235 liters per person daily?

- A 5 minute shower uses approximately 80 liters of water?

- A running tap can use up to 8 liters a minute?

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Talk of the Town

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:59

In essence, a house is nothing more than a place of shelter and refuge in which a person lives. Hence, in the past, homes were simple and often small structures, yet were open to family and guests alike, housing them happily and comfortably for as long as they required.

As time passed, however, houses ‘evolved’. Boundaries expanded, fences rose, rooms multiplied, floors were tiled and carpeted, walls were painted, gardens bloomed, pools sparkled, air conditioners were installed, and in general, everything ‘improved’.

Some of these improvements, such as appliances, led to more ease and a better “quality of life”. While improvements such as electric fencing led to increased security. Other improvements like painting, etc. fulfilled the purpose of making the home appear presentable e.g. painting the wall.

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